Chief Executive Officer


New York, New York

Employment Type

Full Time

Job Function


The Role

Reporting to JDC’s Board of Directors, the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer will be responsible for the strategic, programmatic, financial, and operational leadership of the organization. The CEO will ensure JDC’s reputation as a trusted and welcome partner working with the public, private, non-profit and philanthropic sectors to mobilize resources to improve the lives of Jewish individuals and their communities across the world. S/he will work in collaboration with the Board on all matters of governance, mission, and strategic objectives and will ensure that the Board is kept fully informed on the operating and financial condition of the organization and of important internal and external influencing factors.

The CEO is the principal ambassador for JDC with external audiences and must be able to communicate JDC’s mission to new and existing high-level partners and funders, as well as to the community and other leaders on the ground, where JDC’s work takes place. S/he will embrace his/her role as the organization’s senior advocate and high-level fundraiser and will be a forward-thinking leader able to broaden JDC’s visibility and base of support across an increasingly diverse American and global Jewish community. This role requires an articulate and persuasive speaker, a deeply skilled listener, and a partnership builder with a strategic approach to revenue generation and stakeholder engagement.

As JDC’s key strategic and operational leader, the CEO must be able to set a compelling programmatic and operational vision for the organization. S/he will be a focused and disciplined manager capable of working effectively with an engaged Board; of establishing clear priorities; and of steering the organization toward maintaining its strategic focus, mobilizing new resources, and expending them efficiently. At every step, s/he will reinforce program strategy and delivery, ensure consistency, promote a results orientation, and strengthen human capital across the organization. The CEO will be an inclusive, fair, and present manager and must be able to foster a culture to which high-caliber staff is attracted and where it is valued, motivated, respected and retained.

Above all, the CEO will embrace JDC’s historical roots, demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of Jewish affairs, and fully embrace the organization’s commitment to safeguarding and furthering Jewish values, lives and communities around the world. S/he will personify the stature, courage, empathy and effectiveness for which JDC is known and will be able to look beyond the fray to identify trends and opportunities facing JDC and to devise strategies for the organization to continue to fulfill its mission in the future.

This role is based in New York and requires the CEO to be a present and engaged leader willing to travel in order to spend time with staff, volunteers and partners in the US, Israel and other places where JDC has active programs.

Interested candidates should please be in touch with our CEO search consultants.

Lucia Ferreira
Russell Reynolds Associates
277 Park Avenue, Suite 3800
New York, NY 10172
Phone: +1-212-351-2037

Meredith Rosenberg
Russell Reynolds Associates
One Federal Street, 26th floor
Boston, MA 02110
Phone: +1-617-722-6214

CEO Search Committee Members

Annie Sandler, Chair
Jane Weitzman
Irving Smokler, PhD
Jerry Spitzer
Lynn Schusterman
Jeffrey Solomon, PhD
Jay Chernikoff